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I've been painting plaids lately. I use them for my craft kits, on the cover and inside. On the back of the instruction sheet there is a nice big piece of plaid paper to upcycle in some way. I love... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2014 at Cleomade
I painted a wooden spoon for this show The opening is February 21st from 6pm-8pm at Paxton Gate Kids, 766 Valencia St. San Francisco. More info on Courtney Cerruti's website. #3636project @ccerruti And I went to a Show and Tell... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2014 at Cleomade
Yea! Yea! Yea! I'm starting to make products based on last years Tiny Paintings Project. And my first ones are in my Etsy shop. You can buy them either as a craft kit packaged in a custom made book box,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2014 at Cleomade
Happy New Year! This year I'll be posting a wider variety of work, comings and goings in my studio, and art musings. I'll still do some of my Tiny Paintings Projects, and offer downloads, just not on the weekly schedule.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2014 at Cleomade
This week: BELLS AND WHISTLES YAY! A year of craft posts accomplished. Nearly one a week. Looking at my progress on Pinterest, I can see a style developing and my projects are cleaner and simpler. So I’m celebrating with bells... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2013 at Cleomade
This Week: TINY REINDEER BOOK These books are about the size of a matchbox. Decorate a new one everyday for an advent calendar fleet of reindeer pulling a sleigh. They can also be used as gift toppers or ornaments. GET... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2013 at Cleomade
This Week: TURDUCKEN TARGET, BOW, AND ARROW Let the hunt for the elusive turducken begin! This bow and arrow makes lovely Thanksgiving table décor, but be aware, it really shoots! Take a nice walk and hunt for twigs, these are... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2013 at Cleomade
This week: Hide-a-log Add your own decorations to these log boxes according to your theme. They could be secret hiding places for woodland fairies, or camp themed wedding favor boxes. Or, put numbers on them and scavenger hunt instructions inside.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2013 at Cleomade
This Week: MOTHS Whatever your Halloween costume, adding a swarm of moths, will creep it up. You could paint them with glow-in-the-dark paint for extra effect. They are mounted on hairclips, but make sure to have some landing on your... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2013 at Cleomade
This week: SQUIRREL ZOMBIE BONES Caution! Undead Squirrel Zombie Bones may, or may not, start walking around on Halloween looking for some brains to gnaw on. I used real chicken bones. But, I’ve also included instructions for Vegan Squirrel Zombie... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2013 at Cleomade
This Week: HAUNTED OWL SKELETON Use fishing line to hang several of these haunted owl skeletons about the house. Try hanging the line at an angle so the bird slides down the line and looks like it’s flying. You could... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2013 at Cleomade
This Week: EVIL EYES Evil eye charms are meant to reflect bad luck that is willed onto you by others. If someone gives you stink eye, your charm will send it right back to them. So, with all the Halloween... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2013 at Cleomade
This Week: PAINT-BY-NUMBERS We spent Labor day at The Alisal for a family reunion vacation – thank you Sonja and Bill. The vintage décor brought me back to childhood summers on vinyl webbed patio furniture. So this week, a paint-by-numbers... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2013 at Cleomade
This Week: SPECIMEN ENVELOPES Clip these envelopes to your belt or pack, to keep your collection handy. Organize and label specimens from nature hikes: flowers, leaves, soil or sand samples, and favorite pebbles. Make a camp craft kit with beads... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2013 at Cleomade
This Week: TINY TRAIL MARKERS These trail markers are about 5” tall. You can make them larger or smaller, depending on the stack of rocks. Use them to mark a trail for a scavenger hunt, for parties and events, or... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2013 at Cleomade
This Week: BEAR BELLS Bear Bells are meant to let a bear know you are coming when you’re hiking. Nothing worse than a startled bear. They aren’t proven to work, but are nonetheless very popular, in a “why not be... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2013 at Cleomade
This Week: FAIRY TRAP I originally made this trap to catch Sticky from Week 31. I imagined a fun game for my boys, with a cargo net and covert operations, while camping in the woods. But then I got carried... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2013 at Cleomade
This Week: DOG TAGS These dog tags make a fun camping craft for kids. Write your phone number on the back in case little kids wander off. Or, get a shorter chain, and use them as a backpack ID tag/charm... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2013 at Cleomade
This Week: "STICKY" SAYS This would be a good kids camping craft. You don't really need the mitre box. It just helps to make the cuts straight enough for the sticks to stand up. Or, you could put the eyes... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2013 at Cleomade
This Week: MATCHBOX CANDY SHOP Here’s some teeny tiny cuteness. These miniature surprise balls are the size of candy. They fit in a portable kit, so you can set up shop anywhere on summer travels. GET THE ARTWORK HERE Or,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2013 at Cleomade
This week: PENCIL FLYERS I love back to school supply shopping. I continue to do it even though it’s been years since I was in school. In these examples I’ve kept the species separate. But feel free to mix up... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2013 at Cleomade
This Week: PLEASE TAKE A NUMBER Where would you want to hang a “Take a Number Sign?” No need to be curt. Make your numbers intriguing. Then it’s more like “Ooooh, you get to take a shiny, pretty number!” GET... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2013 at Cleomade
This Week: MACAROON BOOKMARKS Here’s a sweet little treat for summer reading. Put them in a bakery box for a hostess gift. GET THE ARTWORK HERE Or, get the artwork in the "artwork downloads" column to the right. Print it... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2013 at Cleomade
This Week: 4TH OF JULY FAN Here is a fan to go with last week’s firecrackers. It looks like we might have a fog-free fourth here in the bay area. So I might actually get a chance to use may... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2013 at Cleomade
This Week: FIRECRACKER PEASHOOTER No explosives necessary for this week’s craft. These cute little firecrackers are just pretend. They're kind of like blow-darts without the pointy end, so they would be great for a 4th of July party with kids.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2013 at Cleomade